Busey Bank partners with foundation for new nature play area in Edwardsville

As part of its support of sustainability, Busey Bank has partnered with the Nature Preserve Foundation for the opening of its Access Nature project at Watershed Nature Center in Edwardsville. Busey participated as the naming rights sponsor for the new Nature Play Area.

Access Nature is a new expansion at the Watershed Nature Center, 1591 Tower Ave.

“Busey Bank is proud to partner with the Watershed Nature Center. Since coming into the Edwardsville market a year and a half ago, Busey has continued to support good causes and various organizations that make an impact in our community,” Rob Schwartz (shown), Busey Bank’s commercial market president, said at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Access Nature on Friday, April 23. “Busey associates also have a long history of giving back to the community we serve, so we are proud to work for a bank that shares our  community commitment.  That’s why we chose to support the mission of the Nature Center and the Nature Preserve Foundation.  We feel it’s important that all of us, and particularly our children, continue to learn about the importance of nature and protecting our environment.  This wonderful facility will provide these educational opportunities.”

The installation of a brick-paved welcome patio was made possible by a gift from the Phillips 66 Wood River Refinery and an anonymous matching gift. Pavers purchased for the patio will be used to revitalize the entrance to the Visitor’s Center with proceeds going directly to the Watershed. The overall Access Nature project was created to improve facilities at the Watershed Nature Center and its educational programs for the area’s youth and residents.

Below: A rendering of the Watershed Nature Center’s new paver plaza area, the first portion of which was completed recently.

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